Last month, after a Health and Human Services proposal which appeared to equate birth control with abortion was leaked to the press, we got whipped up in a frenzy of righteous indignation. Now HHS secretary Mike Leavitt is saying that he never saw the memo before it leaked, and that he intended the proposal, which he asked unnamed staffers to draft, to focus on "the protection of practitioner conscience," not the definition of birth control. In other words: he wants to protect the right of a doctor to not prescribe birth control or refer women for abortions if it is against his or her religious beliefs. Because that's so much better, Mr. Leavitt!
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